Can the children of non-Armed Forces join these schools?
Yes, non-armed forces students can also apply for these schools. Sainik Schools come under the Ministry of Defence and the State Governments. Only boys are admitted for Standard VI and Standard IX after writing the Sainik School entrance exam. Each school has a quota for service personnel children, state domicile students, open quota for students from other states and union territories and to SC and ST groups.
What is the procedure of joining the children into these schools?
Age limit: for Standard VI: boys 10-12 years,for Standard IX: boys 13-15 years as of 31st of March that year.
Qualifying Entrance exams: The exams are based on the syllabus from the standard the students have completed, for instance, if you are applying for VI standarad, then the questions would be based on CBSE year V standard level.
Medical examination: There would be a medical examination based on the armed forces guidelines.
Fees: The fees would be based on what the Sainik School society decides, the fees would be lower based on scholarships for merit, for defence personnel children and for SC/ST candidates.
Is there any curriculum difference between Sainik school and Rashtriya military school?
Both schools prepare students with the aim that they can be suited for enrolment at the National Defence academies. The difference is that Sainik schools are open to civil candidates and the Rashtriya military school is for defence personnel only.
Which is best Sainik school or military school to join in?
There are 29 Sainik schools in the country. You can get the list from this link (http://www.sainikrimc.com/sainik-schools-list.php). Most schools have their websites. For instance, Sainik School Kazhakootam (https://www.sainikschooltvm.nic.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=124&Itemid=130). You can get further information for the school sites. The school in Kodagu, Karnataka can be gathered from (http://sainikschoolkodagu.edu.in/)
You can download and read the prospectus of one such school (https://www.sainikschooltvm.nic.in/images/documents/circulars/entrance/admission/aissee_prospetus_2019.pdf).